Lessons from the Revolution as Egypt Transitions to Democracy

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A youth waves Egyptian flags from a lamp post in Tahrir Square on February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian army has said it will not fire on protestors as they gather in large numbers. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

Three years ago this month, protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reached a fever pitch—and the voice of the people was heard. After three decades of rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power.

But in the months and years since, many of the news cameras have left and the protesters have gone home, but Egypt’s future remains in limbo. 

At the end of January, news that interim military leader General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi planned to run for the presidency left much of the world wondering if true democracy will ever have a place in Egypt.

It's a question Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the director and producer of “The Square,” have grappled with. Their Oscar-nominated documentary about the 2011 uprising follows the brightest and the darkest moments of the Egypt's ongoing upheaval. Together they discuss the lessons of the revolution and what it will take for Egypt to make a complete democratic transition.

Watch the film trailer for "The Square" below.


Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"The path forward is unclear," is the reason so many people and Governments don't move forward.

Feb. 05 2014 01:59 PM

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